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Shop time [Apr. 5th, 2010|11:11 am]
Doug Ayen
It was a beautiful weekend outside. While I had a lot of cleanup and prep work for the ongoing renovations, I just couldn't spend it cooped up. So, I went into the shop for a while on Saturday.

As there's a local blacksmithing gathering in Berryville in a couple of weeks, for which it is customary to donate something of value to the "Iron in the Hat" auction, I decided to make a knife. Since I've been fiddling with cable damascus for a while now, I decided to make a small hunter/skinner for the event. I spent about 3 hours forge welding and hammering out a chunk of cable, and another couple of hours grinding. Yeah, between the oxidation losses, grinding, and removing some flawed areas where the weld didn't take, there was about 90% loss of material, but the blade survived heat treatment, and all that's left now is etching and putting on a handle. I'm thinking bloodwood, with copper or brass pins. Should be done by next weekend if I put a few minutes in a day over the next few days.

The new flooring is coming in well, though it's too thick to use all the way up to the front door -- I'm going to have to do something else there, tile perhaps.

Need to come up with a color scheme for the painters, too. I may just go with white, I'm not being inspired by any paint chips I've seen.

Just called Miss Utility for the trenching to run more power out to the shop, they'll come out and check for any wires or pipes, just in case.